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Wed, Nov 15, 2023 05:30PM EST
Lot 138

Moon Mask, Luba, Zaire

Estimate: $450 - $650

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African Tribal Art: Luba People, Zaire, Moon Mask, 19th/20th Century. Carved wood stained Sienna-brown and black, with incised details enhanced with pigment.

Moon masks would have primarily danced in celebrations honoring the appearance of the new moon, a symbol of recognition, hope, and rebirth.

10.5H x 9.75W x 7.25D (inches).

Private Collection, Massachusetts, Private Collection, New York


Fair condition with abrasions and other evidence of handling.

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